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National Forest Walking Festival

Posted on Thursday 15th March

Walking in The National Forest © National Forest Company/Jacqui Rock

The countdown is on to the start of The National Forest Walking Festival 2018 – with more than 90 walks catering for every age, taste and ability waiting to be discovered.

They range from gentle strolls to rambles and others suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and families as people are invited to take in all that the National Forest – one of the country’s most prized tourism assets – has to offer.

The festival, now in its 11th year, includes a collection of Black to Green walks that explore the transformed landscape, heritage and wildlife of the very heart of the Forest. Join Black to Green on 19 May for a walk that takes you along part of the National Forest Way, our 75-mile long distance trail, as it wends its way through Boothorpe and the vast expanse of land that used to be Rawdon colliery. Other walks will introduce you to the history of the Ashby Canal, sites of the former clay industry and take you along disused railway lines, as you look out for the flora and fauna that over the past two decades have made these reclaimed areas their home.

The festival runs until May 31 and copies of the programme are available to download at  They can also be picked up from Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre, in West Street, as well as at Rosliston Forestry Centre, Ashby Tourist Information Centre and Leicestershire libraries.

The festival programme contains details of each walk, most of which are free to take part in, and advice on what people need to take along. A key featuring information such as whether parking is available, if dogs are allowed and if children are welcome is also included.

Every walk is graded for difficulty and guided walks will be led by an experienced leader. Health walks will be suitable for all ages and those recovering from illness.

More information is available by calling Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre on 01283 222848 or emailing You can also keep up to date on Facebook by searching for ‘The National Forest Walking Festival’.